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By Richard Harrington |

How To Read A Waveform Monitor & Vectorscope:DSLR Video Tips

How to read a vectorscope and waveform monitor

Explore DSLR Video Tips at lynda.com.

When reading video scopes for the first time, it can be tough to figure out what you’re actually looking at. But tools like waveform monitors and vectorscopes can help with the exposure and color in your shots—and are definitely worth the time spent learning how to use them.

The primary thing to keep in mind is that these tools are more accurate than your eyes in providing an objective, analytical snapshot of your video signal. This week we’ll explore

· Why scopes are essential in helping you achieve better shots · How a histogram complements the information on a waveform monitor · How to use a waveform monitor to judge exposure and contrast · How to use a vectorscope to analyze hues and saturation in a shot

Learning how to use both a waveform monitor and vectorscope can really aid you in getting beautiful shots that are properly exposed, and with vibrant, consistent color. Be sure to check out both the sample video below, and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com to learn how you can use them with your own projects.

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